RAVO: A School Transformed, an Environment Preserved

Posted on November 15th, 2017

In October, HYT completed its most recent project at the Refuge for Aids Victims & Orphans (RAVO), Mayuge. The project was funded by Peter Bond, a long term benefactor of the school and an old friend of HYT. Passionate about delivering water and sanitation to Uganda’s most vulnerable, Peter commissioned 5 new latrines and a washroom for RAVO.


RAVO new latrines

The school gathers to celebrate the opening of the new structure.


The new facilities will greatly raise hygiene standards at the school, whose 256 pupils previously shared just 5 small, dilapidated latrines. They are excited about the prospect of the new ventilated improved pit latrines (VIPs), which reduce odour and fly nuisances.



It’s a thumbs up from RAVO’s pupils!


This particular build, which provided 8 young masons with 2 months’ employment, is the latest in a series of projects at RAVO. Peter has previously partnered with HYT to provide the school with 2 dormitories, 2 water tanks and a kitchen.


RAVO Girl's Dormitory

The girls are clearly proud of their dormitory…


The improved living, drinking, cooking and washing facilities have enabled the school to support a far greater number of vulnerable pupils. Since their construction, the enrolment of boys in the boarding section has grown by 25%, while the number of girl boarders has seen a 33% increase!


RAVO Boys' Dormitory

… and so are the boys!


Every one of the HYT structures here has been built using the interlocking stabilised soil block (ISSB). This drastically reduces the environmental cost of construction, as these unique earth bricks do not need burning. Building with ISSB at RAVO has saved 11 tonnes of firewood (2 large, mature trees) and 66 MWh of embodied energy.


Latrines by RAVO Rocks

Thanks to the ISSB, RAVO’s stunning surroundings are still as green as before.


And that’s just the construction process! The kitchen’s energy saving stoves have halved the school’s monthly truckloads of firewood since their construction. That means fewer trees thrown into the fire, and much less smoke in the lungs of the caterers!


RAVO Kitchen

HYT’s bold energy-saving kitchen design (and an even bolder chicken)…


HYT is pleased to see individuals and communities alike embracing the revolutionary power of the ISSB. Our unique approach to training, local participation (at which RAVO excels) and sustainable construction is gaining ground across Uganda. A big HYT thank you goes to Peter Bond for his ongoing support, our building teams for their consistent hard work, and to RAVO for making us welcome, as ever!



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Haileybury’s Trip to the Trust and the Pearl of Africa

Posted on November 3rd, 2017

Bus Trip

The trusty bus (and even trustier drivers) handled the rainforest roads with distinction.


The Haileybury Youth Trust enables young men and women to achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential. Though the Trust’s daily work involves the youth of Uganda, the East African team was delighted to welcome 20 youths from Haileybury, Hertfordshire. The trip was a fantastic opportunity for young Africans and Europeans to learn and grow together, sharing local experiences in a global context.



Trip Supplies

There is nothing like Ugandan fruit and veg – Churchill didn’t call it the Pearl of Africa for nothing!


The first task was to stock up on supplies for the journey. Uganda’s climate is perfect for cultivating all sorts of tropical fruits; the office was filled with bananas, pineapples and melons, as well as eggs and flour for the famous rolex.


Brick Kiln Trip

Trainer Musa explained the environmental hazards of traditional construction methods in Uganda.


The trip included a visit to HYT’s latest project in Mabira Forest. Pupils were able to observe the extent of deforestation and wetland degradation, as a result of fired brick use.


Trip to Kikube

(Left to right) Trainee Irene, Graduate Emmanuel and Assistant Trainer Johnson demonstrated HYT’s work to the Haileyburians.


Next, the Haileybury group was introduced to HYT’s innovative solution to this problem: the Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block (ISSB). Two weeks into the training programme, HYT’s newest recruits gave a first-hand account of working with the technology at Kikube Primary School.


Welcoming the Trip

The Kikube community has provided food and accommodation for the Ugandan trainees, as well as entertainment for the visitors!


The children of Kikube were proud to welcome their guests with a spectacular traditional performance. They are the first of 6 schools that will host training programmes in Mabira – each will receive a 10,000L rainwater harvesting tank as a result of the initiative.


Training on the Trip

Lucy Boakes (Aby) earns special mention for her fabulous bricklaying, expertly guided by Johnson.


It was great to see Haileybury’s pupils get stuck into the work at Kikube. Much was learned on both sides, as memories were built alongside structures. More than 125 years since the Trust’s foundation, its strong relationship with the school endures across continents!


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